Frequently Asked Questions

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What does an expunction achieve in Texas?

In Texas, an expunction means the Court destroys all records of both the arrest and any court proceedings, so they can’t ever be found on any government maintained database by anyone. Any record of the expunction also gets destroyed. It’s like the arrest (and the expunction) never happened. In order to receive an expunction a Petition must be filed with a court that has jurisdiction requesting that all records pertaining to a specific offense(s) be destroyed. If a court finds a petitioner is entitled to an expunction they will issue an Order granting the expunction.

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What does a non-disclosure achieve in Texas?

In Texas, a non-disclosure requires all state and federal agencies to seal your record, so the public can ever see it. Law enforcement, jails, and the Department of Public Safety must seal your record and cannot disclose the offense to the general public. In order to receive a non-disclosure a Petition must be filed with a court that has jurisdiction requesting that all records pertaining to a specific offense be sealed. If the court finds a petitioner is entitled to a non-disclosure the judge will issue an Order granting the non-disclosure.

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Why should I get an expunction (Texas)

An expunction means the Court seals and destroys all records of both the arrest and any court proceedings, so they can't ever be found by anyone. Any record of the expunction also gets destroyed. It's like the arrest (and the expunction) never happened.

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Do I qualify for an expunction or non-disclosure? (Texas)

In Texas, you can expunge an arrest as long as you didn't get convicted or receive some type of community supervision. You can also expunge a Class C Misdemeanor if you've completed a deferred adjudication (probation, treatment, or community service).

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Do I qualify for an expunction or non-disclosure? (Texas)

In Texas, you can expunge an arrest as long as you didn't get convicted or receive some type of community supervision. You can also expunge a Class C Misdemeanor if you've completed a deferred adjudication (probation, treatment, or community service).

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Will receiving an expunction also remove my record from the Internet? (Texas)

No, but it can be removed from the Internet. Once your expunction order is granted, you must notify each of the hundreds of background check and mugshot companies individually to have them delete your information...or you can leave the job to us with the purchase a premium package!

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How long does an expunction take? (Texas)

It takes the State of Texas about a year to process a case. So the sooner you begin the process the sooner your name gets cleared.

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What does an expunction achieve in Indiana?

In Indiana, an expunction, also referred to as an expungement, refers to restricting the use of criminal records. For most offenses, an expunction prohibits any public access to your record. For the more serious offenses, however, an expunction only prohibits any use of your record by anyone other than a prosecutor and only under special circumstances. In either case, an expunction is powerful tool for regaining control of your life.

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Do I qualify for an expunction in Indiana?

In Indiana, you may expunge both convictions and dismissals as long as certain criteria are met. While laws for expungement of non-convictions are relatively easier to navigate, laws regarding convictions can get quite tricky.

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Why should I get an expunction? (Indiana)

An expunction protects you from many of the negative consequences of having a criminal record. For example, with your record expunged, employers and landlords will no longer be able to reject you on grounds of your criminal record.

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How long does an expunction take? (Indiana)

The State of Indiana can take up to 6 months to process an expunction. So, the sooner you begin the process the sooner your name gets cleared.

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Will receiving an expunction also remove my record from the Internet? (Indiana)

No, but it can be removed from the Internet. Once your expunction order is granted, you must notify each of the hundreds of background check and mugshot companies individually to have them delete your information...or you can leave the job to us with the purchase a premium package!

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What if I need to apply for a job before my record gets cleared? (Indiana)

We can provide you with documentation as proof for your employer, letting them know you're up for expunction and your record should soon be cleared.

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What does an expunction achieve in North Carolina?

An expunction means the Court seals and destroys all records of both the arrest and any court proceedings, so they can't ever be found by anyone. Any record of the expunction also gets destroyed. It's like the arrest (and the expunction) never happened.

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Do I qualify for an expunction? (North Carolina)

In North Carolina, you may expunge both convictions and dismissals, as long as certain criteria are met. While laws for expungement of dismissals are generally easier to navigate, laws regarding convictions can get quite tricky.

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Why should I get an expunction? (North Carolina)

An expunction is a powerful tool that can restore your opportunities with respect to employment, housing, education, and even financing. Once you have your record expunged, it will no longer be available for public access, and you may deny it ever happening.

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How long does an expunction take? (North Carolina)

It can take the State of North Carolina over a year to process a case. So, the sooner you begin the process the sooner your name gets cleared.

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Will receiving an expunction also remove my record from the Internet? (North Carolina)

No, but it can be removed from the internet. Once your expunction order is granted, you must notify each of the hundreds of background check and mugshot companies individually to have them delete your information...or you can leave the job to us with the purchase a premium package!

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What if I need to apply for a job before my record gets cleared? (North Carolina)

We can provide you with documentation as proof for your employer, letting them know you're up for expunction and your record should soon be cleared.

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What does sealing my record accomplish in Colorado?

Records held by courts, jails, law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies will no longer be accessible to the general public. An order granting a petition to seal records will usually cover information concerning the petitioner’s arrest, detention, trial, disposition and treatment as well as other documents pertaining to the charges that are being sealed. While the records will not completely disappear public agencies will normally have to get a court order or be authorized by statute in order to access the sealed records.

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How long will it take to seal my record? (Colorado)

It will take at least three months from the time you file your petition for your information to no longer show up on public background checks. Hearings are usually held about six weeks after the court receives your petition and assuming the court grants your petition at the hearing it will take another six weeks at least for the different agencies that maintain criminal record information to update it.

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Will I have to go to a hearing? (Colorado)

Hopefully not because it is rare for an objection to be filed by the prosecutor or other law enforcement agency objects. However, if they do object then a hearing will be set. Objections are more likely if you are requesting that a serious charge be sealed or if you have an extensive criminal history. Regardless, if a hearing is set you will have the opportunity to explain to the court why granting your petition would be in the best interests of justice.

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After my record is sealed can I deny having ever been arrested during a job interview? (Colorado)

Yes, except for in a few rare circumstances such as when applying to become a lawyer with the Colorado Bar.

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Will receiving a sealing also remove my record from the Internet? (Colorado)

No, but it can be removed from the Internet. Once your sealing order is granted, you must notify each of the hundreds of background check and mugshot companies individually to have them delete your information...or you can leave the job to us with the purchase a Premium Package!

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What if I need to apply for a job before my record gets cleared? (Colorado)

We can provide you with documentation as proof for your employer, letting them know you're up for sealing and your record should soon be cleared.

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What does an expunction achieve in Washington?

When you receive an expunction, also referred to as an expungement, your criminal history information will be deleted from the central repository of criminal history information maintained by the Washington State Patrol. As a result, your criminal record information will no longer be available for dissemination.

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What's a conviction vacation? (Washington)

When you have your conviction vacated, your charge will be marked as vacated and information about your charge may no longer be disseminated or disclosed by the Washington State Patrol to anyone except other legal enforcement agencies. In addition, you may state that you were never convicted of that crime.

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Why should I get my record expunged or conviction vacated? (Washington)

Having your record expunged or conviction vacated protects you from many of the negative consequences of having a criminal record. For example, with your record expunged or conviction vacated, employers and landlords will no longer be able to reject you on grounds of your criminal record.

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Do I qualify for an expunction or conviciton vacation? (Washington)

In Washington, you can only expunge arrest records that resulted in a non-conviction or were never resolved. For convictions, on the other hand, your only option is to have the conviction vacated.

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Will having my record expunged or conviction vacated also remove my criminal record information from the internet? (Washington)

No, but it can be removed from the internet. Once your court order is granted, you must notify each of the hundreds of background check and mugshot companies individually to have them delete your information...or you can leave the job to us with the purchase a premium package!

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What if I need to apply for a job before my record gets cleared? (Washington)

We can provide you with documentation as proof for your employer, letting them know you're up for expunction or conviction vacation and that your record should soon be cleared.

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